Allen Iverson and Glenn Robinson will return to the lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, who are trying to avoid their longest losing streak of the season.
Iverson has missed the last four games with a bruised right shoulder and Robinson has been sidelined the last two contests due to a strained right elbow. The top two scorers on the 76ers, Iverson and Robinson combine to average 44.5 points per game.
Iverson was fined on Monday for failing to tell coach Chris Ford he would miss Sunday's game, but Philadelphia overcame the absence of its two stars and posted an 81-74 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Aaron McKie scored 18 points and Eric Snow added 13, including a clutch jumper with 20 seconds remaining, as the 76ers won for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star break.
The Knicks lost eight of their last nine games, including six in a row, tying their longest losing streak of the season. They completed a four-game road trip with a 107-96 loss at Denver on Sunday.
Kurt Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which had five players in double figures. Allan Houston scored 13 points after missing 11 games with a knee injury.
The Knicks posted a 99-88 victory over the 76ers in the first meeting between the teams here on November 22 and have won 24 of their last 30 home games against Philadelphia.
i hope we end this streak right now, with a nice win